Pappy Van Winkle Stories and Rivalry Weekend – Bourbon Dispatches, Issue 3


Well if your team lost Saturday (which mine did) all you can do is grill a nice juicy steak and drink some Bourbon. Me, I usually drink the cheap stuff (under $25) when I watch football.

Don't really like the beer thing. Just feel bloated. So today I was out of Buffalo Trace so I bought me some Evan Williams Black, put it on ice and felt sorry for myself. Why? We hired the guy that was supposed to be the next Saban and instead (so far) he looks like Goff.

Maybe he is just green (inexperienced) or maybe he is one of those wunderkinds who is a great Assistant but never pans out as a HC.

Anyway that brings me to Pappy Van Winkle, the Nick Saban of Bourbons. And maybe Urban Myer who is just a notch below. After that, Harbaugh, Sweeney and ... who the hell knows?

Tom Herman is the flavor of the year. And speaking of that why so many many flavored Bourbons? If you don't like Bourbon straight up --- just drink Vodka.

Anyway, after the rivalry week beat down I traipsed over to the local watering hole bought a new bottle and grilled a steak. What the hell else can you do when your OC calls a pass on 2nd and 8 (and the QB throws an int) when all you need is to run the clock down? (After a time out no less.)

So here is the question: Have you found any Pappy yet?

If so shoot us your story.

If not, we will be auctioning a 20 year this week. (Look if you do not want to know about auctions just let us know and we will take you off that list. Shoot me an email at [email protected]). If you do, go here to learn how you can participate. Next one: PVW 20 Year - starting Bid $999.

If you just want to get a bottle at retail enter one of the auctions, contests, or raffles. This is a Pappy Club page but for the next 24 hours you can access it.

Enjoy the Chase! Cheers!

Here are a few cool stories about PVW if you like to read:

Penn State is going to the Big 10 Championship and Penn's Getting Pappy

Like a Little Smoke With Your Pappy? Try These.

My Black Friday Bourbon Booklist (ok shameless plug, but show me some love.)

Oh yeah the Pappy List has been updated so check it out!


Where to Find Pappy Van Winkle — The List

Pappy Van Winkle(Last Update November 25, 2016)

When I started this site months ago, I had a dream, albeit a humble one.

It wasn't to change the world, but rather to find a tasty corn elixir distilled in Kentucky named Pappy Van Winkle.

I had read an article about it, by a guy, a sportswriter, that was also a damned good bourbon storyteller.

I already loved bourbon but had never met Pappy, but I did and liked him. At 12, he was exceptionally good, but at 20, taste-bud blowing.

Now, of course, Pappy is not a person, but a distilled bottle of sour mash that is harder to find then mermaids or gold at the end of the rainbow.

Beginner's Luck --- Finding Pappy Van Winkle

But somehow, I did find it two years in a row.

First Pappy Van Winkle 12 year which was smooth and next the 20 year...which was...well  let's just say I wish I had another bottle and leave it at that.

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No More Pappy

But alas, there were no more bottles of Pappy in the land until the next go round. Fall? November?

So I've given up. Not on Pappy. But on finding Pappy Van Winkle  in a bottle, at least at a liquor store in this great U.S. of A.

My New Dream

So here is my new dream and it's a bit more humble still.

I will pursue Pappy in the bars across the land or overseas. Wherever it may be found.

So if your favorite watering hole has it let me know. Or, if you like Wright Thompson -- the before-mentioned sportswriter/bourbon storyteller -- run across it in an airport, dive bar or high-class bourbon bar, please let me know and I'll add it to THE LIST.

So far I have sent a few tweets out and received a few locations.

Kentucky -- The Epicenter of the Bourbon Universe, BBall and My Fav Monk

Guess where? Of course, the land of Bourbon and Basketball. And my favorite monk.

Yes, I have a favorite monk. Thomas Merton who lived in a hermitage near Louisville and drank bourbon and beer and wrote some profound things until he got electrocuted by a fan in Bangkok.

The List

But anyway, back to THE LIST. If you can't have a bottle, you should at least, have a shot, a pour, or even a double if you have a nice, crisp benjamin (Franklin) on you.

So far THE LIST is very short (but growing):

1. The Husk - Charleston, SC

2. Bluegrass Tavern - Lexington, KY

3. Parlay Social - Lexington, KY

4. The Village Idiot - Lexington, KY

5. Henry Clay's Pub - Lexington, KY

6. Haymarket Whiskey Bar -Louisville, KY

7. Azur Restaurant and Patio - Lexington, Ky

8. The Aviary - Chicago, IL

9. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Dallas, TX

10. Pour Cafe and Wine Bar - Mt. Kisco, NY

11. Otto's - Covington, KY

12. Percy Street BBQ - Philadelphia, PA

13. The Crunkleton - Chapel Hill, NC

14. Palate - Millford, MI

15. Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar -Covington, KY

16. WiseGuy Lounge - Covington KY

17. Congress Street Social Club - Savannah, GA

18. Seven Grand in Downtown LA -  Los Angeles, CA

21. On The Rocks - New York, NY

22. Hardwater Bar on Pier 3 San Francisco - San Francisco, CA

23. Charr'd Bourbon Kitchen and Lounge - Louisville, KY

24. Noorman's Kil - Brooklyn, NY

25. The Rhino - Missoula, MT

26. Acacia - Pittsburgh, PA

27. Butcher & the Rye - Pittsburgh, PA

28. Red Fish Grill - New Orleans, LA

29. Stache - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

30. Luxbar - Chicago, IL

31. Jack Rose Dining Saloon - Washington, D.C.

32. Hotel at The Lafayette - Buffalo NY

33. The Silver Dollar - Louisville, KY

34. Gamlin Whiskey House - St. Louis, MO

35. McCormacks Whiskey Grill - Richmond, VA

36. Murphy's Irish Pub - Sonoma, CA

37. Social Southern Table & Bar - Lafayette, LA

38. The Hamilton Kitchen and Bar - Allentown, PA

39. Twisted Spoke -  Chicago, IL

40. Tate's - Dallas, TX

41. Lilly’s Bistro - Louisville, KY

42. Rickhouse - Bardstown, KY

43. Springhouse - Alexander City, AL

42. Rye on Market - Louisville, KY

43. Bourbon’s Bistro - Louisville, KY

44. Proof on Main St. - Louisville, KY

45. Doc Crow’s - Louisville, KY

46. Seviche a Latin Restaurant - Louisville, KY

47. Z’s Oyster Bar & Steakhouse - Louisville, KY

48. The Old Seelbach Bar - Louisville, KY

49. The Old Bourbon County Kitchen (OBC Kitchen) - Lexington, KY

50. Longman and Eagle - Chicago, IL.

51. Eddie V’s - Tampa, FL

52. Half Barrel - Knoxville TN

53. Spark’s Steak House - Manhattan, NY

54. Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant - Newport, RI

55. Bourbon - Columbia, SC

56. Barrelhouse Flat - Chicago, IL

57. Foxes Cigar Lounge - Gilbert, AZ

58. Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant - Newport, RI

59. Burgers & Lobster - London, UK
Where and How Much? - 29 Clarges St, London W1J 7EF, United Kingdom (near Greek Park Tube Station) Pappy 12, Pappy 13 Rye ($16 - 12 year, $19 - 13 year rye) per double shot glass
Where and How Much? Fifth Floor Harvey Nichols, 109 - 125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ, United Kingdom Pappy 10, 12, 13 Rye, 15, 20  ($16 - 12 year, $19 - 13 year rye, $27 - 15 year, $48 - 20 year)  per double shot glass
Where and how much? 9 Stoney Ln, London E1 7BH, United Kingdom
Pappy 20 ($32) per double shot glass
62. Martin's Tavern - Washington, DC
"Currently we are carrying the 10 and 12 as well as Buffalo Trace Experimental Batch." - Cliff Brown

63. Black Fly - St Augustine, FL 

"10 and the 12 year bottles"

64. Morimoto - Napa, CA

 65. Parker Garage - Parker, CO

"They have the 12, 20 and 23"

66. Barrelhouse Flat - Chicago, IL

"Pappy 15-$29 glass"

67. Neat Kitchen + Bar - Westmont, IL

"Has all 6 Van Winkle marks. His place rocks! One of the best whiskey spots anywhere!"

68. Modis - Breckendridge, CO

69. J’s Liquors - Owensboro, KY

"They have every PVW year plus many other very rare bourbons at the cheapest prices I’ve ever found. Awesome place."

70. Park Hyatt NoMI Lounge - Chicago, IL

"Has a little 23 left for $110/pour, and I believe a younger also, but don’t recall price."

71. Bourbon & Branch. - San Franciso, CA.

"$95 a shot for the 23."

72. Big Jones Chicago - Chicago, IL

Stay updated on the Pappy List.

*Thanks to all those who sent locations. Keep them coming.

73. The W - Lee’s Summit, Missouri

74. The Laundry Room - Las Vegas, NV

75. John Howie Steakhouse - Bellevue, Washington

76. The Franklin Room - Chicago, IL

77. Wang’s Table - Haverhill, MA.

78. Outlook Inn - Louisville, KY

79. Prohibition Pig - Waterbury, VT

"12 year, $32 for 2oz and 15 year, $48 for 2oz."

80. Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa - Point Clear, AL

81. Stogeez Cigar Lounge - Sioux Falls, SD

10yr  $12, 12yr $15, 15yr $25, 20yr $35, 23yr $55

82. Whiskey Street - Salt Lake City, UT

83. Eureka - CA, TX, WA (various locations, may not all have Pappy) 

84. Chapter One – Santa Ana, CA

85. La Table - Houston, TX

86. Rainbow Lodge - Houston, TX

87. One Flew South - Atlanta,GA  

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (E Concourse)

88. Justus Drugstore, Smithville, MO 

89. Midgley's Public House - Stockton, CA (Lincoln Center)

"They have the 12, 15 & 23 year. Great food and atmosphere too."

90. Basement Tavern - Santa Monica, CA

"I physically held the bottle. Asked how much for a shot? $150 for the 23-year."

91. Modis - Breckenridge, CO.

"They have Old Rip, 15 and I think 20 (if not 1 more). They even serve a Pappy 15 Old Fashion on the menu, but I’d rather have it without bitters, sugar and orange"

92. Bald Headed Bistro - Cleveland, TN 

93. Picasso's at the Bellagio - Las Vegas, NV

94. Ray's at Killer Creek - Alpharetta, GA

95. Ashton Cigar Bar – Philadelphia, PA

10,12,15,20, & 23

96. Oblix, The Shard - 31 St Thomas St, London, SE1 9RY

Prices per 50ml shot: 13 yr ($50), 15 yr ($57), 20 yr ($67), 23 yr ($116)

97. Delta Sky Club Lounges - Atlanta, GA (Airport)

98. Whiskey Down at MGM Grande - Las Vegas, NV

"had 3-4 bottles of Pappy including lot b but they also had a bottle of 17 yr old hand made Special Reserve barreled in 1974 bottled in 1994 101 proof"

99. The Federal Grill - Houston, TX

"10yr, 12yr, 15yr, 20yr and 23yr very reasonable!"

100. The Metropolitan Grille - Seattle, WA

"has 20 and 23 year old Pappy"

101. Japango - Boulder, CO

"a Japanese and Sushi restaurant in Boulder CO, we typically get a large allocation due to our relationship and volume with Buffalo Trace, and in general our reputation for our whiskey and bourbon selection. We had our own Weller barrel this past year, and we will have our own single barrel of both Eagle rare, and Buffalo Trace for 2017. We typically have all Pappy's throughout the year, as well as the complete antique collection. Largest Japanese whiskey selection in CO as well."

102. Barleymash - San Diego, CA

"They had a few options (this was a year ago this month) but I had the 12 at the time.”

103. 35 Steak House + Martini Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas, NV

104. The Collins Bar - Birmingham, AL

"has them all and going fast"

Just arrived in Door County! Mink River Basin (125+ whiskies!) in Ellison Bay, JJ’s in Sister Bay, Donny’s Glidden Lodge on the Lake just north of Sturgeon Bay. Cheers!

105. Mink River Basin - Ellison Bay, WI

106. JJs La Puerta - Sister Bay, WI

107. Donny’s Glidden Lodge - Sturgeon Bay, WI

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My Black Friday Bourbon Book Wish List


4 Books I've read:

"Pretty simple. If you want to find out why Pappy is what it is read this."

"Yeah it looks like a children's book, but in an hour or so you'll know more about Whiskey than 99% of the population."

"This is the first book you should read if you are a bourbon drinker. Every time you take a sip you will know more than you ever thought you could. Cut through the BS and read it."


"Encyclopedic. Read. Buy. Taste. Learn. This book and a bottle of Bourbon is like Yoda teaching Luke."

5 Books I Haven't read but will:


Bourbon Dispatches, Issue 2 – Pappy Van Winkle Hunting Season

Hunting Season, Autumn Leaves on a Weathered Wood Background with text Hunting Season

It's November. Three of the four BCS teams just got knocked off (and my beloved struggling BullDawgs just beat 9th ranked Auburn). What? And most importantly, Pappy Van Winkle hunting season is in full force. So let's look at where we are so far.

Here's the latest map from


What Really Matters

So here's where we stand:

Pappy Van Winkle is in North Carolina (10/20); Wisconsin (10/21); Kentucky and Rhode Island (11/1); Tennessee (11/3); Maryland (11/4); Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, West Virginia and South Carolina (11/9); Georgia (11/11); Tennessee and Alabama (11/14).

Now in some states it has just released in certain parts so don't sweat it if it's not in your locale at the moment.

As always, if you want to stay up to date on locations, lotteries, etc. like us on FB or Follow us on Twitter. That is the fastest way to keep you updated on the where, when and how of the 2016 Pappy Van Winkle Release.

Other News

Coolest Bourbon Product of the Week:

A craftsman who makes lamps out of Bourbon bottles just reached out and asked if I knew of anyone who had empty Pappy bottles. If you have one and want to sell and/or give it away, let me know. Much better to put them in the hands of lamp makers than counterfeit Bourbon sellers.

We've Set a Date for the Next Auction

So our Bourbon Collector is back and we will be putting Parker's Promise of Hope and Four Roses Super Premium Japan on the block Thursday, November 17, 8PM to 11PM EST. (See descriptions of each below). We will offer them together for a reserve of $699!

Parker's Heritage Collection Promise of Hope #7


Four Roses Super Premium (Very Rare from Japan) (2012)

Four Roses Super Premium Platinum Bourbon Review

Please join the fun? Go here to learn more.

And if you have found some Pappy, please let me know [email protected]. Here's a pretty cool story from one of our subscribers.

Thanks for emailing, I would join, but I started my hunt two months ago. And in that two months I was at a raffle, six bottles of PAPPY VAN WINKLE walked rite past me. 10 and 15 year three each. I ended up walking out with the 20 year. That's rite, 30 days on the hunt, holy grail in safe. Just two weeks ago I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a bottle of George T Stagg. What are the odds with in two months. - Mike

Well damn Mike! Beginner's luck I guess.

Enjoy the Chase,


Bourbon Dispatches, Issue #1 – Pappy for President

Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year

Well no matter, your political leanings you have to be just a little happy/relieved that this national fiasco/election is over.

Maybe your guy won or maybe he or she didn't. Either way, a stiff shot of Bourbon (preferably Pappy) for celebrating or drowning your sorrows will go a long way to making you feel better.

Here's the thing: We may be a nation divided but at least we got good Bourbon in common. I don't care who you voted for as long as you don't prefer Vodka over Whiskey we are ok! (Joke. Calm down Vodka Lovers.)

Anyway, now you know why Pappy and most of the other exceptional bourbons are released this time of year --- to distract us from the absurdity of it all. Now you may be one of those hardcore politicos (left or right) but over a damn good bourbon, we can all still be friends. Trump said. No really, he is the Prez.

What Really Matters

Now let's get past this election thingie and onto what really matters --- Where the Hell is Pappy Van Winkle?

Here's what we know so far:

Pappy is (or was) in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Rhode Island, East Tennessee and Maryland, Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, West Virginia and South Carolina.

If you want to stay up to date on locations, lotteries, etc. like us on FB or Follow us on Twitter. That is the fastest way to keep you updated on the where, when and how of the 2016 Pappy Van Winkle Release.

Other News

Coolest Bourbon Product of the Week:

(Coming soon: if you have any suggestions let us know.)

Next Auction:

Up next is a package deal --- (it'll be about 2 weeks as Bourbon Collector is traveling the world)

Parker's Heritage Collection Promise of Hope #7


Four Roses Super Premium (Very Rare from Japan) (2012)

Four Roses Super Premium Platinum Bourbon Review

Reserve: $699 for both.

Want to join the fun? Go here to learn more.

Enjoy the Chase,